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    Need Free.wav to .mp3 converter

    I'm looking for <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> software to convert a couple .wav files to .mp3 format. My Google searches have yielded little of any use. Tried on program, ABC Convert that changed the file extension but the file was only a few KBs in size and had no content <img src=/S/scratch.gif border=0 alt=scratch width=25 height=29>. Any suggestions ???
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    Re: Need Free.wav to .mp3 converter

    See Audacity: Features. If is <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>.

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    Re: Need Free.wav to .mp3 converter

    XP MCE has this capability built in via right-click options - you might see if it's built into in your OS. If not, <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> CD Ripper program Exact Audio Copy has an option to do this under the Tools menu.
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    Re: Need Free.wav to .mp3 converter

    Thanks for the suggestion Joe. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    I suppose I should have been more clear about my needs. I have 2 .wav files that I extracted from PowerPoint slide shows and want to make MP3 files to use as background music for a couple slide shows I am working on (not PowerPoint). At first look, this seems to be software to rip tracks from CDs and convert them to MP3 in the process. I would rather not waste a CD doing this and simply convert the files to MP3.
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    Re: Need Free.wav to .mp3 converter

    Thanks for the thought John. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> XP Pro SP2 has no such right click option. <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>

    I should have been a bit more clear about my needs here. See my reply to Joe above.
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    Re: Need Free.wav to .mp3 converter

    You should be able to use Audacity to open a .wav file and convert it.

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    Re: Need Free.wav to .mp3 converter

    Thanks Ian. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> I'll give it a try. <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16>
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    Re: Need Free.wav to .mp3 converter

    Ian,
    I tried Audacity and it created the file after I downloaded a required LAME .dll file, but the file would not play in WinAmp. It did, however, play in Windows Media Player and iTunes. <img src=/S/scratch.gif border=0 alt=scratch width=25 height=29> WinAmp is my default MP3 player.

    I've attached the error message FYI. Thanks for the help.

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    Re: Need Free.wav to .mp3 converter

    Looks like the wrong error message was attached.

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    Re: Need Free.wav to .mp3 converter

    After reading the thread with Joe, I still recommend Exact Audio Copy; it has a relatively small footprint, comes with the LAME DLL installed, and you can kill it after you are done with it.
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    Re: Need Free.wav to .mp3 converter

    I don't believe so. The error was to let Ian know that Audacity does not export mp3 files without this dll file.

    There was no error message when I tried to play the file in WinAmp. It displayed no bit rate or other file information and just wouldn't play.
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    Re: Need Free.wav to .mp3 converter

    Thanks for staying with this John. I'll give that a try tonight.
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    Re: Need Free.wav to .mp3 converter

    Since I have had it installed for some time, there may be setup steps I don't remember, such as the MP3 compression settings, file location settings etc, but I think they are limited, and you should be able to run the format conversion with a minimum of work.
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    Re: Need Free.wav to .mp3 converter

    Yes but you only have to install the .dll once and then you are fine to produce mp3 files. It guides you how to do that.

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    Re: Need Free.wav to .mp3 converter

    I found the dll as a stand alone download and just dropped it in the folder I stored the installation files in, pointed the program there and was able to create the file. But, as I said earlier, it wouldn't play in WinAmp. I was able to play the files in WMP and iTunes, so it must have something to do with the way WinAmp is reading mp3s created from the wav files. I just deleted the program and will try the one that John has recommended. This is just a one time deal and that's why <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> is important. But if the files I get aren't universally useful in all my players, I really don't want to keep the program or the files.

    Thanks for your time and interest. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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